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New service keeps elderly 'well'

13th October 2005

A new service which will help older people keep well and out of hospital has been welcomed by community leaders and charities.

The Rapid Assessment Service, located at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in London, will assess patients and help them to receive specialist treatment from members of the multidisciplinary elderly care team.

Ron White, from the Greenwich Pensioners' Forum told the Mercury the service would help some older people overcome their fear of hospital treatment.

"Older people are often quite afraid of coming to hospital or visiting A&E and this service provides a relaxed setting where they can be assessed and receive treatments, often meaning that they don't need to be admitted to hospital."

"This helps everyone - the hospital and the patient. The pensioners' forum really welcomes the opening of this new service," he added.

Patients registered with doctors in the borough are entitled to attend the clinic.